go beyond art: Student Exhibition

Household and Ulster University BA Fine Art students are pleased to invite you to our one-day exhibition in Sailortown on Friday 26th of January (4pm – 7pm).

Since September 2017, this group of students have been participating in go beyond art, a module designed by Household. They have explored different types of public art and some of the evocative stories and histories of the area and have made videos, collages, drawings, objects and sculptures in response to their first experience of Sailortown. A selection of their work will be exhibited in the Sailortown Regeneration Group offices and the American Bar.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served at the Sailortown Regeneration Offices, with live music at the American Bar from 7pm onwards.

Exhibiting artists: Becca Allen, Amy Devlin, Marianne Dupain, June Hill, Anna Horvathova, Maria Horvathova, Paddy McKeown, Aimée Nelson, Sinead O’Neill-Nicholl, Joanna Palmer, Elizabeth Phillips, Hannah Price, Natalia Stojevski, Ausrine Suratkeviciute

Sailortown Regeneration Office Address: 11-13 Garmoyle Street, Belfast, BT15 1DY

American Bar Address: 65-65A Dock Street, Belfast BT15 3AF


Image credit: Marianne Dupain (2017) video still ‘I DON’T SPEAK ENG’

Sailortown dérive

As part of the third session in our go beyond art public art module we took students on a half day dérive in Sailortown. A dérive is an unplanned journey through a landscape (usually urban) in which participants drop their everyday relation and ‘let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there’.

Using methods developed by The International Peripatetic Sculptors Society (IPSS), students responded to the area and created images and temporary interventions in the Sailortown landscape.


Image: Thomas Wells

Session 2 of ‘go beyond art’

Today, we met in Sailortown with our Ulster University student group for the second session of go beyond art, our public art module. We presented an overview of experimental local public art practices and Terry McKeown provided a brief history of Sailortown and the work of Sailortown Regeneration Group.

Our presentations took place in the Mission to Seafarers building on Prince’s Street in Sailortown, and we finished the session with some quick exercises based on Erwin Wurm’s two-minute sculptures to prepare students for the next session: a dérive taking place across Sailortown.


‘go beyond art’ begins

Today, we met students from Ulster University for the first time to provide an introduction to our go beyond art student module, an introduction to Household, and a brief history of the Situationists International and exemplary international public art practices.

Our introduction included a short history of the Situations and examples of how such practices can provide new ways of resisting the status quo and freely interacting with public and urban spaces as well as being co-opted by market capitalism.

The presentation on exemplary public art practices covered definitions of public art, different ways of showing artwork ‘in ‘public’ and included examples of work by artists such as Liam Gillick, Maddie Leach, Melanie Manchot, Susan Philipsz, lya Kabakov, Oscar Tuazon, Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July, Assemble, and Jeanne van Heeswijk, amongst others.



Image: ‘Memorial to Loss: Freedom in a Carceral State. The program was the culmination of a series of planning meetings between AEA and Philadelphia Assembled (PHLA)’, Philadelphia Assembled, a long-term public art project by Jeanne van Heeswijk.